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Handbook of Arts-Based Research


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I. The Field
1. Introduction to Arts-Based Research, Patricia Leavy
2. Philosophical and Practical Foundations of Artistic Inquiry: Creating Paradigms, Methods, and Presentations Based in Art, Shaun McNiff
3. A/r/tography as Living Inquiry, Rita Irwin, Natalie LeBlanc, Jee Yeon Ryu, & George Belliveau
4. The Performative Movement in Social Science, Kenneth J. Gergen & Mary M. Gergen
5. Creative Arts Therapies and Arts-Based Research, Cathy A. Malchiodi
6. Creativity and Imagination: Research as World Making!, Celiane Camargo-Borges
7. Arts-Based Research Traditions and Orientations in Europe: Perspectives from Finland and Spain, Anniina Suominen, Mira Kallio-Tabin, & Fernando Hernandez-Hernandez

II. Literary Genres
8. Narrative Inquiry, Mark Freeman
9. The Art of Autoethnography, Tony E. Adams & Stacy Holman Jones
10. Long Story Short: Encounters with Creative Nonfiction as Methodological Provocation, Anita Sinner, Erika Hasebe-Ludt, & Carl Leggo
11. Fiction-Based Research, Patricia Leavy
12. Poetic Inquiry: Poetry as/in/for Social Research, Sandra L. Faulkner
III. Performance Genres
13. A/r/tographic Inquiry in a New Totality: The Rationality of Music and Poetry, Peter Gouzouasis
14. Living, Moving, and Dancing: Embodied Ways of Inquiry, Celeste Snowber
15. Ethnodrama and Ethnotheatre, Joe Salvatore
16. Reflections on the Techniques and Tones of Playbuilding by a Director/Actor/Researcher/Teacher, Joe Norris
IV. Visual Arts
17. Arts-Based Visual Research, Gunilla Holm, Fritjof Sahlstroem, & Harriet Zilliacus
18. Drawing and Painting Research, Barbara J. Fish
19. Collage as Arts-Based Research, Victoria Scotti & Gioia Chilton
20. Installation Art: The Voyage Never Ends, Jennifer L. Lapum
21. How to Draw Comics the Scholarly Way: Creating Comics-Based Research in the Academy, Paul Kuttner, Nick Sousanis, & Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower
V. Audiovisual Arts
22. Film as Research/Research as Film, Trevor Hearing & Kip Jones
23. Ethnocinema and Video-Based Research, Anne Harris
VI. Mixed Method and Team Approaches
24. Sea Monsters Conquer the Beaches: Community Art as an Educational ResourceaEURO"a Marine Debris Project, Karin Stoll, Wenche Sormo, & Mette Gardvik
25. Multimethod Arts-Based Research, Susan Finley
VII. Arts-Based Research within Disciplines or Area Studies
26. Arts-Based Research in Education, James Haywood Rolling, Jr.
27. An Overview of Arts-Based Research in Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology, Jessica Smartt Gullion & Lisa Schafer
28. Deepening the Mystery of Arts-Based Research in the Health Sciences, Jennifer L. Lapum
29. Arts-Based Research in the Natural Sciences, Rebecca Kamen
30. Learning from Aesthetics: Unleashing Untapped Potential in Business, Keiko Krahnke & Donald Gudmundson
VIII. Additional Considerations
31. Criteria for Evaluating Arts-Based Research, Patricia Leavy
32. Translation in Arts-Based Research, Nancy Gerber & Katherine Myers-Coffman
33. Arts-Based Writing: The Performance of Our Lives, Candace Jesse Stout & Vittoria S. Daiello
34. Art, Agency, and Ethics in Research: How the New Materialisms Will Require and Transform Arts-Based Research, Jerry Rosiek
35. Aesthetic-Based Research as Pedagogy: The Interplay of Knowing and Unknowing toward Expanded Seeing, Liora Bresler
36. The Pragmatics of Publishing the Experimental Text, Norman K. Denzin
37. Going Public: The Reach and Impact of Ethnographic Research, Phillip Vannini & Sarah Abbott
Conclusion: On Realizing the Promise of Arts-Based Research, Patricia Leavy

About the Author

Patricia Leavy, PhD, is an independent sociologist and former Chair of Sociology and Criminology and Founding Director of Gender Studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of over 30 books, and the creator and editor of seven book series. Known for her commitment to public scholarship, she is frequently contacted by the U.S. national news media and has blogged for The Huffington Post,The Creativity Post, and We Are the Real Deal. She is also co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the journal Art/Research International. Dr. Leavy has received numerous awards for her work in the field of research methods, including the Distinguished Service Outside the Profession Award from the National Art Education Association, the New England Sociologist of the Year Award from the New England Sociological Association, the Special Achievement Award from the American Creativity Association, the Egon Guba Memorial Keynote Lecture Award from the American Educational Research Association Qualitative Special Interest Group, and the Special Career Award from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. In 2016, Mogul, a global women's empowerment platform, named her an "Influencer." The School of Fine and Performing Arts at the State University of New York at New Paltz has established the Patricia Leavy Award for Art and Social Justice in her honor. Dr. Leavy delivers invited lectures and keynote addresses at universities and conferences. Her website is www.patricialeavy.com.


"Renowned author and editor Leavy has assembled prominent artist-researchers--from educators to therapists and beyond--for this outstanding, innovative handbook. The volume surveys the philosophy and practice of progressive inquiry using literary, performative, and exhibited modalities. Contributors present rich guidance and compelling arguments for the role of ABR alongside more traditional research methods in the exploration of complex social worlds. Like exceptional art, this handbook has magnitude, quality, and significance for researchers and students across multiple disciplines, including the social sciences, education, health care, business, humanities, media, and fine arts."--Johnny Saldana, MFA, School of Film, Dance, and Theatre (Emeritus), Arizona State University

"With this handbook, Leavy not only helps to define the field of ABR, but also encourages readers to imagine new ways of conducting and appreciating research. Beautifully rendered chapters describe the emergent, diverse world of artistic inquiry, and balance the conceptual with the practical. The volume guides researchers and students to bring both creativity and vigor to producing works of scholarly art."--Ronald J. Chenail, PhD, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nova Southeastern University

"Leavy, a champion of ABR, has gathered leading scholars from around the world in this welcome contribution to our rapidly growing field. She uses ABR as an inclusive term that encompasses the myriad current approaches to creative scholarship. The Handbook offers chapters on various methods and genres, as well as chapters on practical issues that will help both emergent and established researchers explore and expand their craft. Traversing scholarly disciplines and art forms, this volume ushers ABR into its own as a new paradigm for research. It is a gift for anyone with a passion for bringing artistry to research."--Diane Conrad, PhD, Department of Secondary Education (Drama/Theatre Education), University of Alberta, Canada

"Famed educator Albert Cullum once said of those who saw the arts as a waste of time that they were 'all formula and no soul.' If only Cullum had had at his disposal this superb, reader-friendly handbook for researchers, students, and others interested in how art in its various forms intersects with knowledge in disciplines such as education, psychology, and neuroscience. This is a work that will be read, reread, and referenced often, and that will help academics of all types understand and explain clearly to others how art can work to combine both 'formula' (that is, research analysis) and 'soul.'"--David A. Almeida, EdD, Department of Special Education, Bridgewater State University, Massachusetts

"Written in an accessible and inspiring style, this handbook is ideal for graduate students who are searching for new ways to participate in creative knowledge construction, representation, and dissemination, with the potential to reach an audience beyond academia. As a supplementary textbook in my qualitative research methods course, the book inspires students to move beyond traditional qualitative paradigms. I have used it as the basis for individualized research projects over the course of a full semester. As I prepare to teach a graduate-level course on arts-based methodology next year, I plan to use this handbook as the primary text, with certainty that it will ignite student innovation in research."--Moshoula Capous-Desyllas, PhD, MSW, Department of Sociology, California State University, Northridge

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